Can't afford rehab for my heroin addicted 22 year-old son?

by Dana
(Smithtown, NY)

Need to find help for my 22 year-old son who is addicted to heroin, Methadone and sometimes Xanex! Getting help isn't easy because our insurance is never accepted places and to expensive for self- pay. It's almost impossible and these people need help any suggestions?

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A lot of resources available.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Dana,

I'm so very sorry that your son is heroin addicted. Heroin is at epidemic levels across the country and particularly where you live in New York.

Rehab can be very expensive but there is usually many more resources available than we are aware. You live in a very densely populated area, which should certainly have everything your son needs available.

The first recommendation I would make is the Salvation Army, they have a WONDERFUL addiction treatment program that has helped many people to end their addiction and it's free.

Here is a contact for that program in your area:

319 Clay Pitts Road
P.O. Box 747
EAST NORTHPORT

Telephone: (631) 368-1170, or Fax: (613) 368-1232
Email: richard.sanchez@use.salvationarmy.org

Also, I would recommend that you immediately begin attending Al-anon meetings twice a week and start working the steps. Your son should also begin attending meetings DAILY at AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous). With both of you working the steps you can learn so much about his addiction and what it's going to take or him to end it. Also, all of these meeting are free but he MUST attend and work the steps! There is a very old saying that:

"The steps work if you work them!"

Only 30% of heroin addicts recover from their addiction but if you both start attending meetings his chances for a full recovery increase significantly.

Good luck and keep seeking the help he needs,

Debbie

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